Monday, September 21, 2009

Russian Tycoon's new ship

Check this out:

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has a rather curious new addition built in to his latest oversized yacht. The 557-foot boat Eclipse, the price tag of which has almost doubled since original plans were drawn to almost $1.2 billion, set sail this week with a slew of show-off features, from two helipads, two swimming pools and six-foot movie screens in all guest cabins, to a mini-submarine and missile-proof windows to combat piracy.

It might not seem like somebody with such ostentatious tastes would crave privacy, but along with these expensive toys, Ambramovich has installed an anti-paparazzi “shield”. Lasers sweep the surroundings and when they detect a CCD, they fire a bolt of light right at the camera to obliterate any photograph. According to the Times, these don’t run all the time, so friends and guests should still be able to grab snaps. Instead, they will be activated when guards spot the scourge of professional photography, paparazzi, loitering nearby.

Oh my--the ogliarchs are starting conspicious consumption again. I thought that wasn't supposed to happen in this age of frugality!

And now people can talk about his boat, instead of the $86 million he spent for Bacon's “Triptych” which was a portrayal of Mr. Bacon's comments on his own angst.

Which seems to be the disease that is circulating around Wall Street.

Maybe they should learn to tweak the photo shield, and zap all the bearish stories that won't make you a dime in this market!


Anonymous said...

Wow this thing can shoot out lasers?? I bet it can fly and cut off the flow of gas to Europe with the click of a button!

Anonymous said...

any buys you recommend?

Anonymous said...

The shorts are feeling pain in PALM and AIG right now!

palmoni said...

Finally they are getting to AIG. But Wall Street worked their magic to keep this number down until after September expiration!!

Anonymous said...

Aha! So that does happen sometimes - prices manipulated according to options expiration. I'm not imagining things! LOL